Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen said on Monday that Trump supporters within the National Guard “might want to do something” to Joe Biden.
“The Guard is 90 some-odd percent male; and only about 20 percent of white males voted for Biden … there are probably not more than 25% of the people there protecting us that voted for Biden,” alleged Cohen.
Cohen brought up the assassination of former India Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who was killed by her own bodyguards, claiming that the same thing could happen to Biden. Cohen stated that any Trump supporters within the National Guard should be considered as suspicious.
When asked what evidence existed about the possible inside attack, Cohen stated that he had none, but “you draw a circle first” around Trump supporters and should be suspect of those individuals.
Many on the left pushed back at Cohen’s delusions, including CNN anchor Jim Sciutto, who stated that Trump supporters are “far different from being a threat of violence.”
Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler criticized Cohen for his statement.
“Hmmm, does a Democratic congressman really want to suggest that if you voted for Trump you might be a seditionist,” said Kessler. “What happened to the idea that military people are professionals and do their jobs regardless of political preferences?”
There are currently 25,000 National Guard troops stationed around DC in order to prevent any attacks during Biden’s inauguration. The FBI is currently vetting service members in an attempt to find and stop any alleged inside attacks,